Wellboat working group to look at best practice25 March, 2013 –
A new Wellboat Technical Standards Working Group has been established by Marine Scotland.
The group has been established as part of the restructured Ministerial Group on Sustainable Aquaculture to inform the development of an appropriate and proportionate regulatory framework to underpin current and developing best practice for wellboats operating in Scotland. This work is taking place in parallel with the Scottish Parliament’s consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.
Chaired by Professor Jimmy Turnbull of The Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, the Group has already agreed both its terms of reference and a programme of activity over the coming months. Membership of the Group includes representatives from the:
Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation Code of Good Practice Management Group RSPCA Industry (Salmon farming companies) Senior fish health professionals The three main Norwegian wellboat operators Scotland based wellboat operators Marine Scotland.
Dialogue has been established between Marine Scotland and the Port and Harbours authorities to help ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place for the wellboats of the future.
The Group aim to develop a continuity of approach between Scotland and Norway with, potentially, common regulations and standards. One of the first actions from the Group is to extend an invitation to the Norwegian authorities to nominate a representative to participate in the Group discussions.